There are meals that I crave to eat again. The ones that not only tasted delicious but also had a story to them. When I was in college I decided to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for six months. Truth be told, I chose South Africa more or less on a whim with my deciding factor of the possibility of adventure. And adventure was abound but the part that still sticks to me now is the culture and the food. I decided to merge both American and South African cuisines with this Braai Dry Rubbed T-Bone Steak.
I had seen a similar recipe online which sparked my inspiration to make this recipe. There is no set “Braai Recipe” but rather it uses a similar set of spices for a delicious rub used on meats. One of my favorite memories was going to a braai in a township of Cape Town and getting copious amounts of meat grilled to order. It was part dance hall, part bbq, part restaurant, part local bar. It was definitely an experience that could not be found outside of South Africa.
What is a Braai?
Braai has several different colloquial meanings in South Africa. In part it is a type of grill (usually a large oil type drum cut in half), and at its basic meaning it is similar to what a barbeque is in the united states. However the big difference in my experience was that a braai is inherently a social experience. Instead of preparing the food and eating it separately like with most american BBQs, a Braai is typically everyone grilling, eating and socializing at the grill.
How to cook a t-bone steak
To make this steak I assembled the dry rub and then rubbed it all over the steak, making sure to get every surface. I used my cast iron to cook it so that I could get a great sear and crust. I heated my skillet on a high temp with a bit of vegetable oil, then placed the steak in. It cooks quickly, about 4 minutes per a side. I then let it rest for about five minutes before slicing and serving.
This steak would go great with roasted brussel sprouts, steamed broccoli, or mashed potatoes. Or is you really wanted to go full out South African for this meal, a side of pap (a maize porridge) is an absolute must!
Braai Dry Rubbed T-Bone Steak
Bring the flavors of South Africa to your table with this Braai Dry Rubbed T-Bone Steak recipe. A delicious dry rub makes this steak a must!
- 1 T-Bone Steak
- 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 1/2 Tbsp Salt
- 1/2 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
- 2 Tsp Paprika
- 2 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tsp Ground Coriander
- 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 Tsp Cumin
- 1 Tsp Ground Cloves
- 1 Tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Tsp Allspice
Prepare dry rub by combining all ingredients into a large bowl and stirring until fully incorporated
Coat steak with dry rub until all surfaces are covered
Heat a skillet on high heat with oil. Place steak in skillet and cook for about 4 minutes per a side or until desired doneness. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!